Comcast Business said it has been named the WiFi vendor of choice for NRG Stadium, the 72,000-seat home to the Houston Texans, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and Super Bowl LI.
Financial terms weren’t disclosed, but Comcast Business is putting in a 10 Gbps Ethernet Dedicated Internet line to connect to the stadium’s local area network to the public Internet and underpin the venue’s free WiFi service. Comcast will also put in a branded Xfinity X1 “wall” inside the stadium that hosts multiple large screens that show other games, concert footage and event information.
"We are pleased to partner with Comcast Business to provide free Wi-Fi for our fans to use on gameday at NRG Stadium" said Jamey Rootes, president of the Houston Texans, in a statement. "Fast, reliable Wi-Fi service is the foundation that will allow us to enhance the experience that our fans have on gameday through social media, live video, replays and other features available through the Texans app.”
“We are most excited to bring this great amenity to guests of NRG Stadium without using taxpayer dollars,” added said Kevin Hoffman, executive director of the Harris County Sports & Convention Corporation. "We were able to work with the NFL, the Super Bowl Host Committee and other stakeholders to create a unique funding partnership to get this accomplished.”
Supporting sporting and event venues has become a growing segment for Comcast Business, which generated $1.36 billion in revenues in Q2 2016, up from $1.16 billion in the year-ago period.
The unit of Comcast also has similar deals with the Atlanta Braves’ Sun Trust Park, the Denver Broncos’ Sports Authority Field, the Detroit Tigers’ Comerica Park, the San Francisco 49ers’ Levi’s Stadium, the Tennessee Titans’ Nissan Field and the Oakland A's Oakland Coliseum.